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Friday Drill 3/22 – March of the Drills

It’s Friday! The end of the week has finally arrived. To celebrate we are bringing back one of our favorite striking combination drills and adding a new level. The focus for this week’s free drills is combining sword strikes with footwork. This helps develop body mechanics, power, and timing. If you are enjoying these drills please leave comment or five star review.

1-6 Pell Drill: Adding Footwork

Today we are combining the 1-6 Pell Drill with footwork from Circle Drill #1 and Circle Drill #2. Notice these drills can be done with a variety of different weapons. The striking pattern is the same 1-1, 1-2, 1-3, and so forth (visit the 1-6 Pell Drill post for the full break down). The footwork is more free style. I would highly recommend you stick with the two stepping methods described in Circle Drill #1 and Circle Drill #2. Shift from right to left, forward and back, as you work through the different strikes. Make sure your body is ailing with the Pell. If you have to twist too far to the right or left your footwork is off. The same if you find yourself over reaching or getting jammed too close. This drill is one of our favorites at Ironside MC because you can work on a ton of different skills from this one base. Don’t try to do them all at once. Pick a specific focus, such as striking when your feet are on the ground, at a time as you go through this drill.

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Thursday Drill 3/21 – March of the Drills

Our March of the Drills continues! As you work through these drills your confidence and understanding for the fighting system framework being taught will grow. You many even start to question the drill with “what if I step a different way?” or “what if I change this part?” Those questions are perfectly normal and show a great understanding of what you are trying to learn. I encourage you to try those different steps and strikes, really make these drills your own!

One word of caution with shifting these drills. If you change them pay very close attention to the openings, or weakness you creat with that. No stance is perfectly defensive and offensive at the same time. Everything has a strength and a weakness. Learn to see the weakness in your stance and your opponents. It will help you become a better fighter.

Speed Drill Part 2: Adding Footwork

Today’s drill is taking the striking movements learned in the Speed Drill combined with the steps learned from the Sawtooth Drill. Ideally you will want to work with a partner for this drill. However, it can be done with a training pell as well. Your partner will not move their feet in this drill. They are going to throw a on side strike then block your strike. You will start by blocking, then step in a direction to throw your strike. This is developing your transitions from defense to offense along with learning to take advantage of your opponent’s momentary weakness as they recover from their strike.

If you like these drills and then you will love our classes!  Come give a class a try for free.

If you live too far away to join us at our physical location have no fear, we are now offering online classes!  We have been working hard to make our training easier and more available for our supporters.  We now have a way for people to train with us no matter where they are.  To make this even better we are offering different courses and tiers, so you have the chance to choose your interest and payments. Sign up now and begin your training! https://www.patreon.com/ironsidemc

Wednesday Drill 3/20 – March of the Drills

The March of the Drills free peak into Ironside training is well on it’s way. In celebration of the middle of the week we have a fun treat with this drill. Drilling by yourself and on a pell is a great way to build a foundation. However, it is important to apply your new found skills against real people. For this drill you will need a partner, training is always more fun with friends. If you like these drills please leave a comment or five star review!

5 Strike Drill

The 5 Strike Drill is an application of skills. One person will focus on blocking and footwork, however, they get 5 strikes to through at their opponent to keep things interesting. The second person will focus on offense and footwork. The five strikes thrown by the person working on defense will keep the offense opponent from getting lazy in their form. Start this drill off slow and really focus on your form. It is meant to train a fighter to start making connections and blending their skills together. This drill works for any and all weapon styles.

If you like these drills and then you will love our classes!  Come give a class a try for free.

If you live too far away to join us at our physical location have no fear, we are now offering online classes!  We have been working hard to make our training easier and more available for our supporters.  We now have a way for people to train with us no matter where they are.  To make this even better we are offering different courses and tiers, so you have the chance to choose your interest and payments. Sign up now and begin your training! https://www.patreon.com/ironsidemc

Tuesday Drill 3/19 – March of the Drills

Welcome back to another fun day of drills and training. This training is building layers to develop a complete fighting system. For this week we are combining the sword work from our first week with the footwork of our second week. The focus is developing power, body mechanics, and timing.

Figure 8 Combo.

This drill is combining the Upper Figure 8 Strike with the Downward Figure 8 Strike along with the footwork from Circle Drill #2. In the video I am doing this drill with a longsword, however, this exact combo works well with sword and shield as well. Start with your sword leg forward, this gives you the maximum reach to start your attack at the far edge of your range. The sword strike is coming up to go for your opponent’s forearm. Step forward with your non-dominate leg. Make sure your foot is outside your opponent’s feet. That will place you on an off angle that will give you more of a defensive advantage. Once you have stepped forward throw the downward figure 8 strike. When done right this is an extremely powerful combination.

If you like these drills and then you will love our classes!  Come give a class a try for free.

If you live too far away to join us at our physical location have no fear, we are now offering online classes!  We have been working hard to make our training easier and more available for our supporters.  We now have a way for people to train with us no matter where they are.  To make this even better we are offering different courses and tiers, so you have the chance to choose your interest and payments. Sign up now and begin your training! https://www.patreon.com/ironsidemc

Monday Drill 3/18 – March of the Drills

During the month of March we are posting free drills to give everyone a sneak peak to our training methods. We teach a complete fighting system, which means our drills build up one each other layering different skills together. The first week we focused on sword strikes. The second week we focused on footwork. This week we are combining the two to generate power, body mechanics, and timing.

Power and Body Mechanics: Rope with weight

Be careful with this drill! You will need about 3 feet of rope with some kind of weight on the end. I used a 2.5 pound weight. Do not go heavier than 2-3 pounds. You just need the weight to get the rope moving and feel the drag of the rope. Start with the rope a little shorter as you learn this drill, then you can go longer once you get the hang of it. Start by just swinging the rope around your head like a cowboy. Focus on the feel of your core muscles and how you are engaging your muscles with this movement. As you get used to the movement start to add steps. You want all of your muscles to move in the same direction driving your power into your opponent.

If you like these drills and then you will love our classes!  Come give a class a try for free.

If you live too far away to join us at our physical location have no fear, we are now offering online classes!  We have been working hard to make our training easier and more available for our supporters.  We now have a way for people to train with us no matter where they are.  To make this even better we are offering different courses and tiers, so you have the chance to choose your interest and payments. Sign up now and begin your training! https://www.patreon.com/ironsidemc

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